ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-09-083

Date Created : 12/17/2008


Co-op Directors
other: All Principals
Special Ed Teachers
Vision Consultants/Teachers
Related Services

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Optional
Section:   Central Administration - Dr. Diana Julian, Deputy Commissioner
Special Ed Programs: Assistive Technology Hardware/Software for Blind/VI Spring Training

Regulatory Authority:
IDEA 20 U.S.C.A. Section 1400, et seq.

Contact Person:
Dawn Wilkinson, Easter Seals AR

Phone Number:


The Easter Seals Arkansas Technology and Curriculum Access Center (TCC), in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), will be offering professional development on topics of Assistive Technology Hardware and Software for the blind and visually impaired during the spring semester of the 2008-2009 school year. The workshops are intended for special education teachers, vision teachers, related services providers, paraprofessionals, and administrators. All workshops are designed to address student performance in classroom and assessment situations by providing attendees with adaptive strategies and tools to further accommodate students with visual impairments. Topics for spring 2008 include: “Pictures Made Simple,” “GPS with Trekker Breeze,” and “Math: Tips and Tricks for Teaching Braille Readers.”

The format for each workshop is hands-on application based, cooperative learning, and demonstration. The dates for the trainings are February 12, 2009, March 5, 2009, and April 16, 2009. Each training will meet from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. The Seating is limited. There is a $75 per person fee for the full day trainings. All workshops will be conducted at the Outpatient Building, Easter Seals Arkansas, 3920 Woodland Heights Road, Little Rock, AR 72212.

For further information, contact Dawn Wilkinson, Assistive Technology Consultant with the Technology & Curriculum Access Center (TCC) at Easter Seals Arkansas by phone 501-227-3604, fax: 501-227-3601, toll-free: 877-533-3600, or e-mail, Registration materials are available on-line at or in the attachment.


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